Amazon has recently announced the top 20 cities that are in the running for its second headquarters. A lot of Canadians were excited when the e-commerce giant announced it was looking for a second HQ – especially because there were more than ten Canadian cities on the list! Unfortunately for those north of the border, Toronto is the only Canadian city that has made the final cut.
According to CBC, Amazon received 238 applications from cities in North America to become Amazon’s second home. Amazon has stated over social media that narrowing that list was a real challenge. Now, Amazon says it will be taking a “deeper dive” into the proposals and “evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership.”
Amazon’s plans for its second campus include five billion dollars in spending on what will be a “full equal” to its Seattle HQ. Clearly, having Amazon move to your city would be a huge deal. It will add an estimated 50,000 high paying jobs, and as a point of reference, Amazon’s presence in Seattle from 2010 to 2016 added $38 billion to the city’s economy.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne offered her insight as to why Amazon should choose Toronto. “Ontario’s greatest strength is our people and that’s exactly what we communicated directly to Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos,” she said to CBC. “”No competing U.S. city comes even close to offering this level of talent, nor can they measure up in the ways we are supporting both workers and businesses.”
Competing with Toronto are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus (OH), Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County (MD), New York City, Nashville, Newark (NJ), Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh (NC), and Washington D.C.